The Awakening

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Robert has been running the Monhegan Island-to-mainland Maine ferry for years. This morning, however, he and his boat are greeted by mysterious lights emanating from the small rocky island. Was it too much mezcal the night before, or something more ominous? No one greets him when he ties up to the dock, and not a structure is in sight - all the houses and buildings have disappeared... More

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About Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously...but hasn't given up the traveling.

Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors' science fiction novels. More information is at, and you can always find him on Twitter (@SteveUmstead).

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Review by: Victor Coltey on June 18, 2012 :
This is a great short. It makes me wonder... what if space really is a sea and the earth only an Island with the ferry ready to leave. What does the rest of the universe have in store at the next stop?
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